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As the weather slowly warms up, you’ll probably want to spend more time outdoors than inside fussing over your makeup. Look to multi-purpose beauty products that will speed up your primping process, but deliver double results for your money. Check out a few of our must-haves for spring:

Yves-Saint-Laurent-Babydoll-Kiss-and-Blush-Nordstrom-Exclusive1) Add a flirtatious pop of color to your lips and cheeks with Yves Saint Laurent ‘Babydoll’ Kiss & Blush (a Nordstrom exclusive).

Matte-Multiple-Lip-and-Cheek-Color-by-NARS2) NARS Matte Multiple Lip and Cheek Color  gives you high-impact color when and where you want it.

Bobbi-Brown-Art-Stick3) Lipstick meets liner with Bobbi Brown Art Stick. This multitasking lip pencil doubles as a lipstick and lip liner, so you can get a beautifully polished pout on the go.

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M•A•C Senior Artist Cynthia Rivas rounds up a few of her favorite makeup trends at Fashion Week.

When it comes to makeup trends backstage, color is back: white, black, bronze, blue, red and everything in between!

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Color was applied in a simple yet smart way at Adam Selman. A pop of saffron on the eyes paired with M·A·C Lipstick in ‘Lady Danger’ offered maximum impact with minimal effort. The face was beautifully sculpted with Matchmaster Foundation and Mineralize Powders for contour and highlight. The key for this look was application.

At Azede Jean-Pierre, key artist and our very own M·A·C Cosmetics Director of Makeup Artistry, Romero Jennings, created a look that can be taken off the runway and onto the street. He used M·A·C Eyeshadow in ‘Coppering’ on the eyes to create a winter glow that is gorgeous and sexy on all skin tones. At Calla, a sixties-inspired eye was made modern by using a soft wash of blue through the crease.

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Contrast in texture was another strong makeup trend this season. Metallic eyeshadows and gloss texture were some of the most popular products used backstage, seen mainly on the eyes against matte skin. At Peter Som, key artist Tom Pecheux created a sixties-inspired eye using M·A·C Blacktrack Fluidline to shape the eye. Gloss was then applied over the entire lid to create a dewy look. This trend was kept more neutral at Mathieu Mirano by using warm browns to enhance the shape of the face. Gloss was then applied across the entire eyelid to contrast the matte, warm skin.

Key products this season: Gloss, Haute & Naughty Mascara, 224 blending brush.

Follow Cynthia on Twitter for daily beauty tips and how-tos @MAC_Cynthia_R. Photos by Luca Cannonieri and via Azede Jean-Pierre.

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With brighter days ahead, now is the time to prepare your skin to be luminous, using our top-rated masks.

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Our most popular face masks.

SK-II Facial Treatment Mask: No time for a facial? Use this at mask at home to give your skin a boost of hydration that will leave you glowing.
Fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask: This whipped, buttery texture feels amazing to apply and gives the skin a healthy re-do as well as softening, firming and hydrating.
Sisley Paris Black Rose Cream Mask: Gives skin an instantly noticeable plump, smooth finish. Your skin will appear more youthful and lustrous.

Discover all of our women’s face masks.

Sarah Jessica Parker, guest editor on Nordstrom.com’s The Thread blog, debuts her SJP Collection looking flawless, thanks to her trusted hairstylist Serge Normant. As the pair embarks on the SJPxNordstrom cross-country shoe launch, she puts the spotlight on Serge, camera-phone interview style, to candidly discuss how their storied relationship started at the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards.

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Best on-the-fly styling advice from Serge Normant:
“When all else fails and you’re in a panic, just do a timeless ponytail.” —Sarah Jessica Parker

Maintain your own head-to-toe star style wearing SJP shoes & with tools by Serge Normant.

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Gregory-Arlt-Director-of-Makeup-ArtistryGregory Arlt, M·A·C Cosmetics Director of Artistry, has the lowdown on his new favorite product: Mineralize Lipglass.

This season at Fashion Week, it was all about creamy, well-hydrated, glossy lips. The look was more dewy than gooey, with an emphasis on sheen rather than a hugely reflective look.

Mineralize Lipglass is my go-to product when creating a dewy glow. It contains 77 minerals that condition the lips over time, so you get perfect feeling AND looking lips in very modern hues!

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Backstage Beauty: DKNY, Peter Som (top) & Donna Karan fall 2014 runway looks.

We saw ‘Lovingly Yours’ backstage at Diane von Furstenberg. ‘Ray of Sunshine’ was used at Donna Karan as well as at Peter Som, so it’s definitely a must-have shade for seasons to come. Use it alone by applying it with the provided applicator. Or, if you want to use it over a lipstick in an intense color, like ‘Morange’, transfer the gloss to a lip brush like the #316 in order to not taint the color of the gloss by getting it on the wand.

For a daytime look, simply apply and you are good to go. And yes, Mineralize Lipglass can still come in handy when it’s time to switch gears from day to date night. Pair it with your favorite lipstick to give it an extra pop of shine! I love these for the red carpet as well. They give a little pop of light to any lipstick you choose to use with it and feel extra hydrating and comfortable on the lips.

Follow Gregory on Twitter for daily beauty tips and how-tos @MAC_Gregory_A.

Photos: Luca Cannonieri

Kate Fannin, our beauty trend editor, is getting excited about the biggest trends for spring. She gives us the lowdown on her favorites, and they all add up to Pretty Striking.

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Lips:
Prep your smile, because it’s the season of the “perfect pout!” The must-have lip is all about bold colors—from bright pink to tangerine. Our favorite twist is layering a contrasting gloss color to create your own bespoke look. (Try orange gloss over a fuchsia lipstick.)

Eyes:
Get ready for “holy cow, WOW!” lashes with blacker-than-black mascara to get your serious wink on. This definitely isn’t the season to be shy.

Cheeks:
Maybe best of all? Blush is back. Just add a hint of pink (or coral) to finish the look. It’s the perfect touch of sweet with just enough edge. After all, who doesn’t want to be Pretty and Striking?

And that’s my take,
Kate

Read more about and shop the Pretty Striking spring trend.

Penélope Cruz stepped out on Oscar night in fine form, looking amazing (especially for being the new mom of a 7-month-old). The Oscar presenter, who donned a pale pink Giambattista Valli draped gown, tapped British makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury for her red carpet preparations, and we’ve got the scoop on the sultry eye statement directly from the woman who created it.

“When I am creating a look for the red carpet, it’s so important to marry the makeup with the dress. Because Penélope’s dress was so bold, I wanted to keep the look neutral and glossy but with that touch of old-school Hollywood glamour,” says Charlotte.

“Penélope’s look was inspired by sultry silver screen siren Sophia Loren. I wanted to really exaggerate her incredible almond-shaped eyes and make them the main focus of her look. I did this by filling in her gorgeously lush brows into an arch shape and gelling them into place. I took a black kohl liner onto the top lash line, right into the root of the lashes and into the inner corner of the eye, for a hypnotizing look. I lined the inner rims of the water line and created a copper smoky eye, with smoky browns all over the lid and metallic coppers into the socket. I curled the lashes, coated on layers of black mascara and added a few individual lashes to the outer corner of the eye to really exaggerate and create intensity for a mesmerizing, red-carpet ready look.”

Find more striking makeup inspirations in our Trending Now shop.

February 27, 2014

Spring Beauty Trend Event 2014

It’s time again for our Beauty Trend Event! Get the front-row treatment at our in-store events with a look at runway-inspired trends, complimentary beauty consultations with pro stylists, exclusive gifts and samples. Visit a store near you to reserve your spot and get complete event details.

Can’t make it to our Beauty Trend Event? Shop our favorite spring looks, and Live Chat with us or call 1.800.7beauty to book a free consultation with a Beauty Stylist.

 

Reveal your bohemian side with a fresh nail art look created by Katie Jane Hughes, butter LONDON‘s Global Color Ambassador.

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Spring is looking brighter thanks to the arrival of Bobbi Brown Sunglasses. Celebrated for her own signature black frames, the New York-based makeup maven has launched a line of shades that she calls a cross between Céline and Ray-Ban. “Being a beauty expert, I’ve always been aware of how glasses can transform the face and wanted to take the mystery out of how to choose the right glasses,” says Brown on why she chose to bring this particular product to the market.

Watch the video below and find out why Bobbi Brown believes wearing the right makeup and the right glasses can help advance your look and style.